Martin A. Mainster, PhD, MD, FRCOphth

Luther and Ardis Fry Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology

Primary Research Interests

  • Macular and retinal vascular diseases
  • Ophthalmic laser systems and applications
  • Mathematical biophysics
  • Radiant energy eye hazards
  • Ophthalmoscopic and intraocular lenses


  • BS, North Carolina State College
  • PhD, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Physics
  • MD, University of Texas Medical Branch

Post Graduate Education

  • Intern in Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Resident in Ophthalmology, Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Temple, Texas
  • Fellow in medical and surgical management of retinal and vitreous diseases, Retina Associates, Retina Foundation, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts

Current Licensure and Certification

  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
  • Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Physical Society
  • American, Canadian and European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
  • Kansas State Ophthalmological Society
  • Laser Institute, Sigma Xi


Professor Mainster is the Luther and Ardis Fry Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His innovations that have become standard ophthalmic practice include the UV-protective intraocular lens, aspheric contact lens ophthalmoscopy and the crossed-beam aiming system for Nd:YAG laser photodisruptors. He worked in aerospace research for several years after receiving his Ph.D. in physics.  His subsequent medical training concluded with a Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary vitreoretinal fellowship.  He moved to the University of Kansas after practicing in Boston at the Schepens Retina Associates where he served as Senior Scientist and Director of the Clinical Research Center of the Schepens Eye Research Institute. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Honor and Senior Achievement Awards. He has written over 135 scientific articles and is an author on 7 patents. He has been an invited professor at numerous institutions and a keynote speaker in many international symposia. He is recognized for his scientific contributions to retinal biophysics and imaging, macular disease, laser design, phototoxicity and physiological optics. Professor Mainster serves on numerous editorial board and technical standards-setting committees.

Publications (Current PubMed Articles)

Last modified: Apr 03, 2013


Martin A. Mainster, PhD, MD, FRCOphth